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"Micro Kitchen" is a design solution for compact apartments. Essentially a "kitchen-in-a-box," the modular design contains a microwave, conventional oven, refrigerator and a dishwasher, all tucked away into different drawers. Micro Kitchen was created through a challenge on First Build, an open collaboration platform created in partnership between GE Appliances and Local Motors. Although the above are renderings, a micro-factory has recently been launched to turn designs from First Build into a reality. 

We recently added a model jet engine to the design-sharing community Thingiverse, and are loving all the different builds of it so far. The model above was built by user kiwi76 and painted in chrome, and we can only assume it jetted here from the future. Check out the design here, and if you print one, we’d love to see it. Show us your builds on Thingiverse, and feel free to drop us a line if you have any ideas about what we should design next!  

We recently added a model jet engine to the design-sharing community Thingiverse, and are loving all the different builds of it so far. The model above was built by user kiwi76 and painted in chrome, and we can only assume it jetted here from the future. Check out the design here, and if you print one, we’d love to see it. Show us your builds on Thingiverse, and feel free to drop us a line if you have any ideas about what we should design next!  

In the summer of 1966, New York Central Railroad engineer Don Wetzel and his team sought out to build a train that could travel at 200 mph. Given just 30 days to do so, the team bottled a pair of GE J47-19 jet engines to a railcar, and, on a clear day in July, broke a North American speed record that still stands today. We recently caught up with Wetzel at his home to hear more about the experimental vehicle. Check out the video above and learn more about the jet-powered train here

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the moon. The giant leap was made possible by decades of scientific research, rigorous testing, and new innovations spearheaded by NASA with collaborations by many other groups and organizations, one of which was GE. Among other contributions to the technology of the Apollo program, GE researchers developed a special silicon rubber for the astronaut’s boots. This week, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, GE, Android Homme and JackThreads collaborated on a new sneaker called The Missions, which Buzz Aldrin is wearing in the picture above. The sneakers feature lightweight carbon fiber used for jet engine components, and a hydrophobic coating similar to the materials that prevent ice from forming on wind turbines. Read more about the collaboration at GE Reports

Calling all makers and aviation geeks! Merge your love of 3D printing with aviation design and head to thingiverse.com/ge to learn how to build your own jet engine right at home. 

Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs, which opened this month in Japan. Inside, 18 cultivation racks reach 15 levels high, and are outfitted with 17,500 GE LED light fixtures developed specifically for this facility. The indoor farm can grow lettuce two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm, and is already producing 10,000 heads of it per day. Read more about this breakthrough in modern farming at GE Reports.   

Introducing “Build Your Own Jet Engine,” an assembly kit perfect for that aviation geek in your life. This 3D printed model fits comfortably on desks, mantelpieces, and most birthday cakes. Today, July 11, 2014, you can enter to win one at artsandaircraft.com. The fine print says that you must be 18 or over and a resident of the U.S. for us to send you one. Additionally, Tumblr didn’t endorse, administer, sponsor or additively manufacture these engines, and only the GE social media team will receive participant information.

Introducing “Build Your Own Jet Engine,” an assembly kit perfect for that aviation geek in your life. This 3D printed model fits comfortably on desks, mantelpieces, and most birthday cakes. Today, July 11, 2014, you can enter to win one at artsandaircraft.comThe fine print says that you must be 18 or over and a resident of the U.S. for us to send you one. Additionally, Tumblr didn’t endorse, administer, sponsor or additively manufacture these engines, and only the GE social media team will receive participant information.